Two-time Herald Super 6er DyTiesha Dunson led the Lady Patriots with 21 points Tuesday in Westover’s 40-37 victory against Lee County, which improved the Lady Patriots’ record to 6-0.
ALBANY — Westover’s DyTiesha Dunson was shaking her head.
She was frustrated. She was mad.
Then everything was OK.
Westover had the game, let it slip, then grabbed it back — snatched it away from Lee County and put it in the bank.
The Lady Patriots are 6-0 (that’s a nice bank account this time of year) and they’re holding on to this one — this 40-37 win against Lee County on Tuesday night at Darton.
After all, they hung on to this one when it counted most.
“We’re undefeated right now so I really didn’t want to lose, and I’m sure my team didn’t want to lose,” said Dunson, a Herald Super 6er who led Westover with 21 points and handed out assists all night.
“They have faith in me to (close) out the game so when I play good they play good,’’ she added. “We motivate each other.”’
With the outcome of the game resting on her shoulders, Dunson did her part by hitting two clutch free throws with 34 seconds left that put Westover up by five — 40-35. From there the Lady Patriots held on and are still perfect.
Lee County (1-3) stormed back and knotted the score, 32-32, with six minutes left and looked ready to pull off the upset.
“We really didn’t have a good game as a team, but at the end of the game we really hustled and stuck with it and pulled out a win,” Dunson said.
While both teams missed a considerable amount of high-percentage shots, Westover seemed to be impacted more than its opponent. Several times Dunson found an open teammate in the paint who could not finish, causing her frustration to build.
Lee County’s DaQuenna Moore, a Herald Super 6er who led her team in scoring with 14 points, spearheaded the Lady Trojans’ second half comeback. Ultimately, turnovers and missed free throws were the downfall of Lee County.
“I just thought it was an unfortunate series of events right there in the last few seconds,” Lee County head coach Fran McPherson said, alluding to the end of the game. “But I have to go back to layups, free throws and turnovers. We (missed) numerous ones that would have made the difference. Still though our kids played really hard.”
Behind Dunson’s 21 points was Ieshia Young with seven and MyKesa Smith’s six points. Maggie O’ Conner and Nicole Polk each had five points for Lee County.
After trailing by two at the end of the first quarter, Westover started the second quarter on a 9-2 run. The Lady Patriots’ full-court press was effective in forcing turnovers which led to fastbreak points.
It was not until the last quarter when the Lady Patriots appeared to unravel by letting the Lady Trojans steal away the momentum.
“You aren’t going to play well every night,” Westover head coach Lewis Smith said. “Just as long as you do enough to win the game. We know our man defense wasn’t as good as our press defense and that they beat us in rebounding. (Thankfully) Dunson made the right decisions at the end of the game and pulled things out for us.”
WESTOVER BOYS 67, LEE COUNTY 43The points came early and often for the Westover boys basketball team. They quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead, and never looked back as they routed Lee County Tuesday night.
Super 6er Dequan Green got the Patriots going with three first half three-pointers, and finished with 14 points, all coming in the first half. TJ Cromer had a game-high 17 and Kyle Baker added 10.
Tavain Reed came off the bench and the led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points. Josh Cabrera chipped in 12 points.